from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a white-hot glow; incandescent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Glowing as a result of its high temperature; incandescent, glowing with heat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Heated to whiteness; glowing with heat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Whitening; making white.
  • Very hot; heated to whiteness; glowing with white heat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. emitting light as a result of being heated


Latin candēns, candent-, present participle of candēre, to shine; see kand- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin candentem, from candere. (Wiktionary)



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  • The gas mantle, which consists of a gas-jet heated metallic mesh coated with a suitable compound, typically oxide, of metals such as calcium and thorium, is candent at a lower temperature than the untreated metal. The source of the gaslight of the Victorian theatre, it is still in use today for illumination.

    April 13, 2012

  • incandescent; white-hot.

    January 12, 2009

  • A very candent candle!

    March 19, 2008